SESP Offers New Higher Education Certificate

SESP Offers New Higher Education Certificate

Higher Education Program


Beginning this summer, SESP will offer a new Higher Education Administration certificate for professionals working in higher education who want to expand their skills, grow their network and pursue graduate-level course work. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

Through the certificate’s five courses, students will gain a deeper understanding of U.S. higher education issues, today’s college students, learning and teaching in relation to higher education administration, and communicating effectively about budget and finance issues. Distinctive elements of the program include a strong connection between theory and practice, broad curriculum and flexible schedule.

The higher education certificate features a blended learning and alternative schedule format. This format combines two face-to-face weekend meetings on the Evanston campus with the remaining class sessions being held virtually.

SESP’s Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program is offering the certificate, with courses based on the existing master’s degree curriculum. Director Lois Trautvetter identified a need for this type of certificate because of a gap in educational services for higher education professionals who are working full-time and need flexibility for continuing educational opportunities — including those who live outside of Chicago and Evanston or travel frequently for their job and are looking for more flexibility. 

Trautvetter says, “We’re building on the great reputation that our master’s program has as we look to serve individuals who have at least three years of experience in higher education and are looking to expand their knowledge of the higher education community and the role of various stakeholders.” This may include faculty members aspiring to be chairs or hold other administration roles, postdoctoral fellows, and staff members. "Certificate participants also can eventually pursue a master’s degree, with the courses counting towards the degree,” she notes.

MSHE has successfully piloted courses in a blended (online and face-to-face) learning format in the past. As a result, Trautvetter is confident that the certificate program will provide the same high-quality academic experience as existing master’s degree courses.

“Our blended learning format is designed to promote ongoing reflection of learning and offer more flexibility for students to learn at their own pace, while building community across face-to-face and online environments,” say instructors Susanna Calkins and Jessica Mansbach of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education course they’re teaching this quarter.

“In addition to the curriculum, we are enthusiastic about the certificate’s potential to support students’ ongoing professional development in higher education administration through career coaching, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities,” Trautvetter says. “This certificate will allow us to continue to increase the number of reflective and dynamic leaders in higher education.”

By SESP
Last Modified: 2/26/16